'What's wrong with these people?' - The Chris Pincher Saga
Satire writes itself sometimes.
An MP and Deputy Chief Whip named Chris Pincher resigned his position in disgrace following allegations of groping.
And it would be funny - if not for the fact that the allegations facing Pincher are so serious and any jokes are lost in the facts surrounding the allegations, too.
[And just how many allegations have been made regarding Pincher’s behaviour]
Pincher adds his name to an illustrious number of MPs within the Conservatives who appear to be on the wrong side of scandal - Imran Khan, Rob Roberts, David Warburton, Neil Parish, Charlie Elphicke, the ‘unnamed MP’ facing allegations of sexual assault… even the Prime Minister.
And just as Boris Johnson returns from his meeting with international leaders in a vain attempt to ‘Relaunch’ his party’s brand, he appears to be trying to wrangle his way out of yet another awful mess relating to another MP’s awful conduct.
This page predicted that this might happen and that all of the above scandals were inevitable under Boris Johnson’s watch.
80s horror film aficionados will reflect on the 1988 classic ‘Slugs’ - about mutant slugs that exude a toxic slime capable of paralysing their victims and then consequently devouring them in a variety of gruesome though creative and technically interesting ways; it’s this kind of slime that follows Boris Johnson.
It’s equally as gruesome, too.
The problem is that if one were to focus on the sordid details of Boris Johnson’s affairs - where the fish invariably rots from the head down - it is no surprise that other MPs would follow suit when they ask the question:
“If he can do it, why can’t we?”